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Hockey odds preview - Tampa Bay vs. Florida

Tampa Bay Lightning

Florida Panthers
7-3-0 October 27, 2013, 05:00 PM | BB&T Center 3-7-1

Tampa Bay pays a visit to Florida on Sunday, hoping to shut down the Panthers snipers in hockey action at BankAtlantic Center.

Supporters of the Lightning have seen them go 7-3-0 so far this season, while the Panthers are at 3-7-1. In totals betting, the Panthers are 5-5-1, while the Lightning are 4-6.

View Tampa Bay Lightning vs Florida Panthers Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks such as Bovada had the Panthers as -105 moneyline in this particular NHL matchup earlier. The total, meanwhile, was set early at 5.5 before betting started to move the line at 5Dimes.

This game matches up the No. 29 (Panthers) and the No. 14 (Lightning) teams according to our current NHL Power Rankings.

Tampa Bay won its last outing, a 3-2 result against the Sabres on October 26. Bettors who backed the Lightning at -230 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

In their last action, Florida was a 3-1 loser at home against the Sabres. Bettors on Buffalo at +130 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (4) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Florida's No. 26-ranked offense, averaging 2.09 goals per game, against a Lightning defense that ranks No. 16 at 2.8 goals allowed. The Panthers power play is averaging 10.81% while the Lightning defense kills off 80.95% of their penalties.

Next up:
Tampa Bay at New Jersey, Tuesday, October 29th
Florida at St. Louis, Friday, November 1st